Missouri Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services to assist genealogical researchers:

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 314-751-3280
Fax: 573-526-7333
Internet: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/

A helpful guide to the collection is A Guide to the Missouri State Archives (Jefferson City, Missouri: Missouri Secretary of State, 198-; not at Family History Library).

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
2312 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
Telephone: 816-926-6934
Fax: 816-926-6235
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/

Missouri State Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
Telephone: 816-747-9330
Internet: http://www.mosga.org/

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry
Columbia, MO 65201-7298
Telephone: 573-882-7083
Fax: 573-884-4950
Internet: http://www.umsystem.edu/shs/index.shtml

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
Jefferson Memorial Building
255 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
Telephone: 314-746-4599
Fax: 314-746-4548
Internet: http://www.mohistory.org/content/LibraryAndResearch/LRCGeneralInfo.aspx

Mailing Address:
Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040

A helpful guide to the society's collection is Beverly D. Bishop and Janice L. Fox, A List of Manuscript Collections in the Archives of the Missouri Historical Society(St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1982; Family History Library book 977.8 A3b).

St. Louis Public Library
History and Genealogy Department
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-2389
Telephone: 314-241-2288
Fax: 314-539-0393
Internet: http://www.slpl.org/index.asp

For further information see George Gambrill, Genealogical Material and Local Histories in the St. Louis Public Library, Rev. ed. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, 1965; Family History Library book 977.866 A3s; film 928060 items 7-8, 1965/66 catalog and 1971 supplement).

Kansas City Public Library
Heart of America Genealogical Society
311 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2454
Telephone: 816-221-2685
Fax: 816-421-7484
Internet: http://www.kclibrary.org/

Mid-Continent Public Library
15616 East Highway 24
Independence, MO 64050
Telephone: 816-836-5200
Fax: 816-521-7253
Internet: http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us

The Mid-Continent Public Library shares its genealogical materials through interlibrary loan.

To learn more about the history, record keeping, and available records of Missouri counties, use the 15 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories.

You should also be aware that records kept at the state capitol were lost by fires in 1837 and 1911. Several counties in Missouri have also lost records due to fire, war, and other destruction.

Western Historical Manuscript Collection - Columbia
23 Ellis Library
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri 65201-5149
Telephone: 573-882-6028
Fax: 573-884-0345
Internet: http://whmc.umsystem.edu/

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Missouri in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:


A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline (30972), 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.


The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.